[News] Palestine - Clashes break out in Bedouin village after Israeli police deliver demolition orders
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Clashes break out in Bedouin village after Israeli police deliver
Oct. 27, 2016
Clashes broke out on Wednesday between Israeli police and local youth in
the Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj in Israel’s Negev desert, after Israeli
police affixed demolition orders on some villagers’ homes.
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained a number of people during
the clashes, and that some Bir Hadaj residents were injured in the process.
They added that Israeli police issued demolition notices for homes
belonging to the Abu Murayhil family ordering that the houses be
demolished within 24 hours.
Locals said these houses had been demolished by Israeli authorities two
weeks earlier <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=773476>, and had
been recently rebuilt with the help of the Higher Guidance Committee of
Arab Residents in the Negev.
“Israel thinks that it will find a solution by using force,” Bir Hadaj
local committee head Salama Abu Idesan said. “It is not accustomed to
negotiate with citizens, but we confirm that we are willing to have a
dialogue and will not leave our land.
”Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement on
Wednesday that “a group of masked youth driving tractors threw rocks at
Israeli forces and set tires on fire” when police came to issue the
Al-Samri added that Israeli forces then deployed “heavily” in the area
and detained a number of youth suspected of carrying out these
“extremely dangerous acts.
”Bir Hadaj is one of 35 Bedouin villages considered “unrecognized” by
the Israeli state. According to ACRI, more than half of the
approximately 160,000 Negev Bedouins reside in unrecognized villages.
While Bedouins of the Negev are Israeli citizens, the villages
unrecognized by the government have faced relentless efforts by the
Israeli authorities to expel them from their lands and transferring them
to government-zoned townships in order to make room for Jewish Israeli
Indigenous rights groups have pointed out that the transfer of the
Bedouins into densely populated townships also removes them from their
traditional semi-nomadic lifestyles which is dependent on access to a
wide range of grazing land for their animals.
Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James
Anaya released a report on the treatment of the Bedouin in the Negev
back in 2011, shortly before the Israeli cabinet approved plans to
relocate some 30,000 Bedouins from 13 unrecognized villages to
government-approved townships, reporting that Bedouins in the permanent
townships "rank on the bottom of all social and economic indicators and
suffer from the highest unemployment rates and income levels in Israel.
"The unrecognized Bedouin villages were established in the Negev soon
after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war following the creation of the state of
Israel. Many of the Bedouins were forcibly transferred to the village
sites during the 17-year period when Palestinians inside Israel were
governed under Israeli military law, which ended shortly before Israel's
military takeover of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,
Now more than 60 years later, the villages have yet to be recognized by
Israel and live under constant threats of demolition and forcible removal.
The classification of their villages as “unrecognized” prevents Bedouins
from developing or expanding their communities, as their villages are
considered illegal by Israeli authorities.Israeli authorities have also
refused to connect unrecognized Bedouin villages to the national water
and electricity grids, while excluding the communities from access to
health and educational services, and basic infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Israeli Jewish communities in the Negev continuously expand,
with five new Jewish plans approved last year. According to an
investigation undertaken by Israeli rights groups ACRI and Bimkom, two
of the approved communities are located in areas where unrecognized
Bedouin villages already exist.
The plan would see the displacement of at least 7,500 Bedouins from Bir
Hadaj and Katamat, another unrecognized village.
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